Its no wonder that insurance is so costly.

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  1. ambulancekidd

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    I received a phone call yesterday morning from a company asking "if they can help with my recent road accident that wasn't my fault?" Now I'm thinking, how strange as I haven't been involved in any accident? Oh the woman on the phone was adamant that I'd been in an accident & that she can help with any claim. Anyway, I decline her kind offer & while she's still chattering on, I put the phone down. A few hours later it dawned on me. I'd attended an incident which turned out to be a double fatal, a fairly common event when your at the front line of any ambulance service. Now just recently I'd spoken to the DHSS about this incident (a long story but not really related to me) & it must have been them that sold my details to this claims company. I'm TPS registered, for those of you who don't know what this means, its a register that means companies are not allowed to cold call. It really does beggar belief that companies of this sort can operate. I mean just how much does this claim culture add to our policies each year? As for the bare faced cheek of the DHSS brigade, words fail me. I never ever give out my phone number or email address no matter how hard companies try to get them. They have no business asking me for such details but the DHSS usually do have valid reasons to ask.

    Rant over...Robert.
     
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    Judge Mental Funster Deceased RIP

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    Unbelievable... We get these calls all the time:(

    I reported an incident where a women scraped down side of van in July on way to Eurotunnel. Marks looked like damage but polished out so I cancelled claim. Getting loads of calls since. Someone at insurer must be selling on info:(
     
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    jollyrodger Funster Life Member

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    When I use to get similar and I cant say why .I just say hang on I'll get him and lay the phone down .they stopped coming after a while :)
     
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    Got one today, usually get at least one a week. :mad:
     
  5. Bartyfixedit

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    When they say "we are calling about the no-fault accident you had" I have a standard reply of,

    "Oh yes, which one?" It gets them every time.;)
     
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    No government department will pass on your details in that way without your consent as it would breach the DPA to do so. Insurers should not do so without consent either (though, in their case, consent might be buried in the small print).

    As you are TPS registered the more likely explanation is that the call was from a foreign company using a phone number generator in the hopes of picking up mugs.

    If anyone has good grounds to suspect that an organisation is passing on personal data without permission they should contact that organisation and ask what is going on.
     
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    I honestly believe that they go through a fishing exercise and contact as many people as possible, in the hope of getting someone who has had an accident. I'm sure if you said that you have not had a road accident but slipped at work and got injured they would be just as happy.
    I receive frequent calls yet have not been involved in any accidents for years, the calling companies never seem to have any specific information about 'your' accident.
     
  8. Larby

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    Hi Ambulancekid, surely you remember that accident when you were making your PPI claim?
     
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  9. dave newell lvs

    dave newell lvs Trader-Vehicle Services

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    I think we should all adopt the same response to any of these calls: as soon as you realise its a fishing/nuisance call go into a total rant and say " do you know who I am, well do ya?" when they say no just shout "I'm Ronnie F!"£$%^g Pickering!" and hang up. If we all adopt this same response to nuisance calls they will eventually get fed up with it and leave us alone.

    D.
     
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    As others have said, no-one is passing over your details, it's just chancer cold callers.

    The TPS stops "legit" companies calling you, but not the "rogues"

    Personally if I don't recognise the number, I never answer the phone. If it's a genuine call they'll leave a message.

    Result = I don't waste any of my life trying to get rid of these idiots.
     
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    Who ;)
     
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    One of these normally gets rid of them.

     
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    I do believe that when using aRonnie F!"£$%^g Pickeringy of the comparison insurance sites this chucks up your details / history to all the ambulance chasers hence the calls,maybe similar to what Jm says

    Oops that didn't work:doh:
     
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    We have unplugged our landline and we don't answer unknown numbers on our mobiles. If they are serious they will leave a voicemail.
     
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    Nothing more than phishing calls.

    Out of the many hundreds or even thousands of cold calls made each day there will always be a good number that have had an accident and tell them so.....then they have swallowed the bait.
    We can make a claim on your behalf for xx% (insert a obscenely high figure) of what you are awarded.

    I ask which accident they refer to....usually results in a click and dead line.
     
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    Unfortunately the line has attenuators installed so they dont benifit from the full volume.
     
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    Oh dear, now you are on the insurers database as having made a claim.....even though it was withdrawn.

    Never make a claim unless you intend carrying it through.
     
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    dave newell lvs Trader-Vehicle Services

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    We've had one this week on the work landline from an odd number (something like 0100101101). First call Jackie answered and an Asian accented gentleperson spoke of unintelligible gibberrish so Jackie said "No thanks" and hung up but he tried again so Jackie blocked the number. Blocked numbers only give one ring on the phone we have and for the last three days this number has been ringing us between 10 and 20 times per hour! As its not a UK based number OFCOM can't do anything to stop it and if you google the actual number loads of hits co e up with complaints about nuisance calls. If it continues on Monday it will be unblocked (for a short period) and Ronnie F!"£$%g Pickering will make an appearance.

    D.
     
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    It'll be "Microsoft" informing you that you have a virus and they will fix it if you give them access to your PC.

    Actually there are some brilliant examples on YouTube of people (with more time that me) leading these chancers on for hours.
     
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    I take great delight in running these guys up, my record is 27 minutes, the caller was getting more and more annoyed with me. Yes I had had an accident, yes I had multiple injuries, sorry could you repeat the question my memory isn't good as a consequence of the accident, oh yes that's right I have had an accident.

    Victory was them asking "are you wasting my time"

    "well you started it"
     
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